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ON?TRAC hears updates on Elkins Railyard projects

February 29, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Randolph County Development Authority Director Robbie Morris gave some details about a new business that could locate in the railyard to the Elkins ON TRAC promotions committee Tuesday, but he couldn't share a whole lot of information yet.

"It is not my place to disclose it," he said. "It will really enhance the railyard.

"It will supplement the tourist industry."

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MonPower crews install 17 streetlights Monday in the Elkins Railyard. The new streetlights were funded by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant as part of the Elkins Railyard’s streetscape project, said Robbie Morris, executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority. Morris said this week a new business might locate in the railyard.

The RCDA approved Morris negotiating the potential sale of one acre in the railyard last Friday.

Morris did say that the business is not a retail store, and he pointed out that it would be the first major new business that would fall under the city's decision to suspend business and occupation taxes for the first two years.

Morris also reported to the committee that beginning in April, the RCDA will begin work on Railroad Avenue.

He said the work would include widening the road to three lanes and installing new sidewalks and streetlights.

"It will really help with the amount of traffic that is on Railroad Avenue," he said. "The city will pave the part we widen when we are done."

Committee member Ed Griesel asked if there was money in the project for new crosswalks.

"The grant we received is maxed out," Morris replied. "We can talk with the city. We also plan on talking to the Division of Highways about painting and striping."

City Councilman Van Broughton, 2nd Ward, also reported about plans for Glendale Park. He said the Parks and Recreation Commission will construct restrooms in the park this summer.

Broughton said once the Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail is connected to the railyard, the park system would like to connect it to Glendale and Riverbend parks.



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